A veteran police officer for Allegheny County in Pittsburgh is facing charges stemming from three road rage incidents spanning eight days.
Detective Andrew Marculaitis, a 20 year veteran, is facing 20 criminal counts, resulting from road rage incidents he was involved in on May 23, May 26, and May 31. He has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation before being released on bond.
“I want everyone to keep in mind, this is a police officer who got injured on St. Patrick’s Day falling off his horse,” said Phil DiLucente, his defense attorney. “When he fell off of that horse, he has been on light duty and he’s on a lot of medication.”
One road rage incident involved Marculaitis of threatening drivers in Brentwood. During that incident, the officer was on his motorcycle when he allegedly threatened two men while using racial slurs.
A portion of that incident was captured on a cell phone camera by one of the victims. In addition, seven witnesses have identified Marculaitis in the other road rage incidents.
The cop brandished his gun during two of the incidents.
“Anytime a police officer, let alone a county police officer, has been arrested, it’s serious,” said DiLuncente.
Marculaitis will be allowed to post bond, set at $100,000, once he undergoes his mental evaluation.